Thu Bon River

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Thu Bon River covers an area of over 10,000 square kilometers in Quang Nam province and is ranked fourth for hydropower potential in Vietnam. The River not only provides a lot of silt to make the rich and fertile land in Quang Nam Province, but also makes a contribution to forming a cultural unique place, the Hoi An ancient town – A World Cultural Heritage site.

The River originates from small springs running through forests of cinnamon trees and a rare variety of Ngoc Linh ginseng at the peak of Ngoc Linh Mountain with 2,500m in height. This mountain belongs to the Truong Son Mountain Range in Nam Tra My District to the West of Hoi An. In Tien Phuoc and Hiep Duc districts, this river is called with a very rustic name “Tranh” but when it runs through the Que Son and Duy Xuyen districts and mixes into the Vu Gia River, it forms the name of Thu Bon. 

For tourists who love a river tour or an eco-tour to the countryside of Vietnam, sitting on a boat on the Thu Bon River will be the most wonderful experience in this ancient town. 

The River mouth at Hoi An is known as Cua Dai. In the past, there used to be a busy trading port here which served a popular international trade destination and a convenient stopover for many merchant ships from China, Japan and Portugal. Trade on Thu Bon River in Hoi An developed powerfully from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Actually, nowadays most of the populations of this town are descendents of traders and merchants who lived in the town. People believed that in those days the Thu Bon River in Hoi An had a larger estuary area that is easy to trade and communication. The creation of the bays and shores of the river today made of sandbanks and guarded by lagoons proved this.

During the trip from the West to the East Sea, the River has created fertile fields and supplied villagers with a large source of aquatic products such as shrimp and fish. In the 17th century, this River helped people in Nong Son Incense Making Village, Tam Tang Cloth Weaving Village and Thanh Ha Pottery Village export their products to overseas markets from the sea port of Hoi An. For this reason, the local people always think of Thu Bon as the “Mother River”. Annually, in March, the villagers in Duy Xuyen takes place in a festival dedicated to “Mother River”. During this festival, they will go to the river and invite her to visit their families to bring them a bumper crop, happiness and luck.

From Hoi An, visitors can hire a boat and visit these beautiful villages situated along the River. Tourists also can visit Dai Buong - an orchard village and enjoy rambutan, durians and mangos, etc. Or tourists can have a bike trip for the day through peaceful countryside and green fields.


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